Appellate Advocacy 2015: A Continuing Legal Education Program on Appellate Ethics & Advocacy Skills

Date: Monday, December 14, 2015

Time: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.*

Location: Pioneer Courthouse | 700 S.W. Sixth Avenue | Portland, 97204

Sponsored by the Oregon Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, And The Oregon State Bar Appellate Section.
Featuring Judge Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain, and Judge Susan P. Graber

* Reception to follow in the Courthouse’s Main Lobby from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
2.5 hours of CLE credit pending, including 1.0 hour of ethics credit

Cost:  $75; $50 (FBA and OSB APS Members); scholarships available upon request


5th Annual Nancy Bergeson Ardent Advocate Lecture

5th Annual Nancy Bergeson Ardent Advocate Lecture

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Cleaners, Ace Hotel, Portland


Special Guest Lecturer

David Nevin, Attorney, Boise, ID on “The Limits of Civility”

David Nevin has defended criminal cases throughout the United States for 35 years. Mr. Nevin currently serves as lead defense counsel for Khalid Shaikh Mohammad in his capital prosecution at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba arising from the attacks on New York and Washington, D.C. occurring on September 11, 2001. Mr. Nevin is a Fellow, and a former Idaho State Chair, of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He serves as an Adjunct Professor of Trial Practice at the University of Idaho College of Law, and has taught in the EPA’s National Trial Advocacy Institute.

Read more about David Nevin here.



Emcee – Honorable Michael McShane, United States District Court Judge, District of Oregon

4:30p – Reception in memory of Nancy Bergeson and a celebration of defense attorneys

5:30 – The Fifth Annual Nancy Bergeson Ardent Advocate Lecture – David Nevin

6:30 – Lecture adjourns – please stay for more food, talk and libations



$30 by July 13 ($35 after July 13). Includes hors d’oeuvre, beer and one CLE credit.

Scholarships available.

Click here for more information and online registration.


The Nancy Bergeson Ardent Advocate Lecture is sponsored by Pacific Northwest Law, LLP, the Federal Bar Association, Federal Public Defender, U.S. District Court Attorney Admissions Fund and OCDLA.

The Oregon Federal Bar Association & the U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society jointly present:

An Introduction to Federal Court

 An introduction to federal practice for young lawyers, summer associates, and law clerks.

 Thursday, June 18, 2015 || 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

followed by a “Bench and Bar” social from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse

1000 S.W. Third Avenue || Portland, Oregon

$40 Private Sector || $20 Public Sector and Nonprofit || Free for FBA Student Chapter Members

Scholarships available upon request.



Lunch and Courthouse Panel: The Clerk’s Office, Probation and Pretrial Services, and the U.S. Marshal’s Service provide an overview of courthouse operations.

What is Federal Practice Really Like? Civil and criminal practitioners discuss their federal practices.

Panel Discussion with the Federal Judges: Federal judges share stories and provide valuable tips.

Courthouse and Chambers Tours: Federal judges lead tours of the courthouse and chambers.

The U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society’s Famous Cases Series: Attorneys involved in well-known Oregon cases share insights and experiences.

Bench and Bar Social: Enjoy complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres on the sixteenth floor terrace.

 Questions? Contact Nadia Dahab at

April FBA Luncheon: Federal Criminal Law Update

Please join us for a lunchtime panel discussion with members of Oregon’s federal bench.  The judges will provide their thoughts on, among other things, what they expect from parties at sentencing, what type of mitigation evidence is the most helpful to them, trends in drafting plea agreements, and the sentencing guidelines.


Thursday, April 16, at 12:00 p.m.


Mark O. Hatfield U.S. District Courthouse


$10 for Members/Government Attorneys/Public Attorneys;  $12 for Nonmembers


Haggerty Scholars Program – Application Open

The Haggerty Scholars Program offers high school students an opportunity to explore their interest in the law and civil rights by spending time with a local attorney mentor, visiting a law office (such as a law firm or government prosecutor or defender’s office) for a week-long visit during the summer, and invitations to other special events in the law and civil rights throughout the 2015-2016 school year.

Eligibility requirements
The Haggerty Scholars Program is for current high school juniors (graduating in 2016) with an interest in law and civil rights. Students must be willing to spend time working with an attorney mentor, visiting a legal workplace for a week-long visit during the summer, and attending the annual Federal Bar Association dinner on May 28, 2015 with a parent or teacher.

To apply

Download an application below and submit your completed application no later than April 17, 2015 by email to:,
or by mail to Shannon Armstrong at:
Markowitz Herbold PC
3000 Pacwest Center
1211 SW Fifth Avenue
Portland, OR, 97204

2015 Haggerty Scholars Application

“The Great Dissenters”: A Conversation with Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes and Justice John Marshall Harlan

Please join us for our March monthly luncheon!  This month, we welcome Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes and Justice John Marshall Harlan, who will present a program entitled “The Great Dissenters.”  The program will be presented in costume by Bill Barton and Justice Paul DeMuniz.


Thursday, March 19, at 12:00 p.m.


 Mark O. Hatfield U.S. District Courthouse


$10 for Members/Government Attorneys/Public Attorneys;  $12 for Nonmembers

Justice John Marshall Harlan’s lone dissent in the Civil Rights Cases of 1883, in which he maintained that discrimination in public accommodations was a “badge of slavery,” and Plessy v. Ferguson, 163 U.S. 537 (1896), in which he argued that Louisiana’s law requiring whites and blacks to ride in “separate but equal” railroad cars violated the Fourteenth Amendment, secured his place as one of the Supreme Court’s greatest jurists.

In 1881, Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes published The Common Law, in which he argued that the only source of law is a judicial decision, that judges decide cases on the facts, and that the true basis for judicial decision is drawn from outside the law. During his tenure on the Supreme Court, Holmes advocated broad freedom of speech under the First Amendment, and his most famous dissent was Abrams v. United States, 250 U.S. 616(1919), which ultimately became the bedrock of free speech protections in America.

Register here!